LinkUSB™ is an advanced intelligent USB 2.0 full speed 1-Wire® interface. It uses superior digital and analog methods to accomplish more reliable operation on a variety of network communications, as well as some diagnostic tools.
The LinkUSB has been designed to operate reliably on long or short 1-Wire® busses. It has a special analog interface designed to match impedances and slew rate controls, and smart cable pre-charge.
LinkUSB drivers were designed in cooperation with Dallas Semiconductor Corp.
The same strong drivers used in the Link45 (tested to 1,000 feet on cat 5 cable with one sensor attached), the power advantage of the USB serial bus, the integrity of injection molding and a very competive price, make the LinkUSB™ a major enhancement to the 1-Wire® world.
The 1 foot cable eliminates the strain point between the LinkUSB's electronics and the USB connector; a problem that continues to plague the DS9490R.
The LinkUSB™ works great with 1-Wire® Viewer, the free 1-Wire® viewing and logging application from Maxim using the DS9097U emulation mode. If you have any problem getting 1-Wire® viewer to work, visit the 1-Wire® Viewer User's Guide.
The Link Family Manual is a good resource to learn how to use the LinkUSB.
The LinkUSB uses drivers from FTDI and Maxim Integrated.